Posts in Korea 2016
Korean Hospitality: Added Blessing to Our Mission Vision Trip

by Jeff Ritchie

The Rev. James Kwon had in mind that participants on our trip to Korea might experience something more than the amazing things that God is doing through the Church in Korea. He wanted us to experience Korean hospitality at its best and to appreciate the beauty of the Korean culture and its Korean countryside. And that is what we have indeed been enjoying as a group since we arrived last Wednesday.

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North Korea Mission: The Special Calling of the Korean Church

by Jeff Ritchie

From the first day of our trip until now, one week later, we have been hearing the Korean Church talk about North Korea, and specifically the peaceful reunification of the peninsula, as a mission calling of the Korean Church to which they are inviting the prayers and efforts of the global church. It is the subject of prayer every time the church meets for worship. Each of the churches we have visited has mentioned their commitment to mission in North Korea, both as something they are doing now and as a task that they will engage in more fully when reunification comes. In this blog I want to highlight two our our site visits

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Reflections from Korea

Prayer. If I were given one word to describe this trip, it would be "prayer." The People of Korea are a praying people. Take their early morning prayer meetings as an example. Every church we've visited has early morning prayer services, and many have multiple early morning prayer services. What do I mean by early? One church has 5 a.m., 6 a.m., 7 a.m., and 8:30 a.m. prayer meetings with thousands in attendance at each one.

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I Will Awake the Dawn: An Experience of the Dawn Prayer Meeting in Korea

by Jeff Ritchie

One of the distinctive practices of the Church in Korea is an early-morning prayer service held at all churches each day of the week. Its origins lie in the practices of Korea’s primal religion, Shamanism, which was taken over by Christians and given Christian content. Its impetus as a regular spiritual discipline came in part from the time when Japan colonized the Korean peninsula, and the Korean people had no recourse except prayer for the freedom of their people. Dawn prayer meetings also were a prelude to and response out of a major spiritual awakening that took place in 1907 in Pyongyang, Korea and spread throughout the country.

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A Visit to the Church of Korea

by Jeff Ritchie

Monday, October 3 two young pastors and I left for South Korea to begin the 2016 Emerging Leaders Vision Trip. The Rev. John Pflug is pastor of Windermere Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in Wilmington, NC. The Rev. Josh Hanson is teaching pastor of Gateway Church (EPC) in Findlay, OH. Arriving in the evening one day later, we joined up with eighteen people who had been invited by the Rev. James Kwon, Moderator of the Northwest Coast Presbytery of the PC(USA). The Rev. Kwon had wanted to give people of the presbytery an opportunity to see the Church of Korea which is a fruit of the sacrificial labor of missionaries, many of whom were Presbyterian. Because the aims of our trips were so close, our two groups became one for a ten-day experience of the rich faith and mission outreach of the Church in Korea.

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